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Amazon Prime Gets Price Bump to $99 A Year (VentureBeat)
Nine years after it launched, Amazon Prime is getting an inevitable price increase. Amazon announced Thursday that Prime will now cost $99 per year in the U.S., a slight bump from the previous $79 a year price. WSJ The Seattle retailer said the 25 percent increase was needed to offset rising delivery and content-acquisition costs. The $99 price takes effect for new members on March 20. Existing Prime members will pay the higher rate when they renew. CNNMoney In February, Amazon said it was considering raising the price to $119 a year. Prime members get two-day shipping on a large number of Amazon items at no extra cost, plus the ability to borrow Kindle books and stream movies and television shows. The company also said that it has increased the benefits of the program, now offering free shipping on 19 million items, up from only 1 million nine years ago. It also introduced its video streaming service in 2011 and recently launched Amazon-produced shows. THR The $99 price point may open the door for a tiered pricing system that would allow people to subscribe to Amazon Instant Video or Kindle’s lending library separately. Amazon does not disclose the number of Prime members, but research from Cowen and Co. estimates that there are about 23 million members in the United States, representing a 37 percent increase year-over-year in January. The research also indicates that 95 percent of Prime members visit Amazon monthly and 85 percent make a purchase.
TVNewser: Al Jazeera America has released a new iPhone and Android app for people to ignore.
FishbowlDC: Howard Kurtz Says Dumb Things, Volume 43,857.
AllTwitter: Twitter users tweet about weed more than alcohol. Sort of makes sense; it’s much harder to type when you’re four whiskeys deep. Not that we know anything about that.
This Land, a literary magazine based in Tulsa Okla., has a New Yorker-esque vibe. The pub specializes in narrative nonfiction, but it also includes poetry, art and fiction. One of the most distinguishing factors of this semimonthly is its dedication to long-form.
A “short” article in This Land will run around 1,000 words, while the longest piece so far came in at 15,000. Virtually the entire pub is freelance-written, but only exceptional writers need apply. Before sending in your pitch, it’s important to know exactly what editors are looking for:
This Land [is] eager to recruit new writers, particularly in a few target areas, including politics, religion, energy and science. Michael Mason, founder and editor, is also on the hunt for more creative non-fiction. Overall, [the mag] wants a story with impact. Mason pointed to a piece that raised the magazine’s profile early on: “The Nightmare of Dreamland.” The story profiled a founder of Tulsa, Tate Brady, and revealed him to be a Klansman.
To hear more about this pub, including editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: This Land.
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Fun, fun Web exclusive from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It involves the always-entertaining Artie Lange recalling the “Worst I Ever Bombed.”
We’re not going to ruin it. Watch the video above to hear the details of Lange’s epic Playboy Mansion fail and why, despite being a “straight red-blooded male,” he was at the end of it all “begging to be let out” of Hef’s party HQ.
Say hello to Branché, a new magazine from another magazine — Marie Claire. Branché is a popup title in that it will only be distributed here in the city, and only from today through next Tuesday.
The 42 page magazine features 22 pages of editorial aimed at young, hip New York women. Old, uncool New Jersey women will not be allowed to own a copy Branché. We kid!
Branché’s is NYC centric though — beyond only being available here, inside the title readers will find items on The Smile’s executive chef Melia Marden and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Johanna Stout.
If you don’t get your hands on Branché’s debut issue, don’t worry. Another edition is already being planned for the fall.
CNN’s coverage of the Malaysian airliner disappearance has once again thrust Richard Quest to the fore. Quest divides his time between New York and London, but for a recent interview with youthful Malaysian writer Kenneth Chaw, the location was Kuala Lumpur, where the CNN vet logged the latest episode of monthly series Business Traveller.
Chaw notes that Quest, ever the consummate broadcast journalist, had a key piece of advice for his interviewer right off the bat. Quest also shared this great memory:
Quest’s illustrious career in journalism got its start in law. “I had to have a career if it all went horribly wrong. My late father told me to get a decent job. He always said, ‘If you’re a journalist, you would have the best dinner party stories and the smallest car parked outside.’ And he was right,” said Quest, who read law in the University of Leeds and was called to the Bar.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Sports Illustrated versus Variety. For its latest cover, SI went retro. As we noted yesterday, the image was inspired by a 1977 SI cover featuring Larry Bird. Other 1977 things we’d like to see resurrected? Gold lamé jackets.
As some of you know, the leading J-school in Canada remains Carleton University in Ottawa. That’s where Geoff Dembicki graduated in 2008, although as he puts it in a new-series debut column today for The Tyee, it hasn’t exactly since then been All The Prime Minister’s Men:
After pursuing them [my dreams] through four years of journalism school, I graduated disoriented and broke into the recession. Among my cohorts I was lucky to land steady work with The Tyee, and in addition to living through one global crisis after another, I now began to chronicle them.
After six years of writing about ecological collapse, industrial greed and a political system hostile to change, hope for the future was the last thing I expected to find. But recently I started to sense its faintest glimmers. The global grip of polluting companies is slowly slipping. Sustainability is becoming a cultural norm. Millennials, self-obsessed though we may be, are seeking alternatives to the consumer lifestyles that created our current mess. These felt to me like tremors of a generational shift.
Katie Couric, via a new Tumblr blog, has been keeping readers posted about tomorrow’s big Yahoo debut. The global anchor solicited questions from readers for her conversation with Michael Bloomberg and today shared this post-taping photo from the United Nations (Bloomberg was recently appointed special envoy for cities and climate change):
Is he going to keep fighting for more gun control? I’m not a stranger to guns as I was a sniper in the Israeli underground, but too many people are dying from guns in this country.